Owner of sheep at­tack dogs must pay £1,000

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 -

A MAN has been or­dered to pay a farmer £1,000 af­ter his two dogs killed 19 sheep on farm­land in Pluck­ley last May.

Philip Sut­cliffe, 59, of Sta­tion Road, Pluck­ley, pleaded guilty to two charges of wor­ry­ing sheep un­der the Pro­tec­tion of Live­stock Act.

Ash­ford Mag­is­trates Court heard on Mon­day that Sut­cliffe’s alsatian and Jack Rus­sell at­tacked sheep in a field be­hind his home af­ter be­ing let out to “roam free” on May 25 last year.

Sara Pilcher, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court the farmer had spot­ted the Jack Rus­sell “sniff­ing and mauling” sev­eral of his an­i­mals.

Blood

She added: “The alsatian fol­lowed him to his four-by-four ve­hi­cle and he man­aged to put the dog in the car to re­strain him. He saw blood on its coat.”

Miss Pilcher said po­lice were called to the scene and the dogs were traced back to Mr Sut­cliffe through a tag on the alsatian’s col­lar.

Sut­cliffe ad­mit­ted al­low­ing the dogs out of the house, un­su­per­vised, be­tween 9.30am and 12.20pm on May 25.

The court heard how 10 ewes and five lambs were killed at the scene, and a fur­ther four sheep had to be put down fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

Duane Bridger, de­fend­ing, said Mr Sut­cliffe had han­dled dogs for four years and had re­ceived no com­plaints prior to or since the in­ci­dent.

Sut­cliffe was or­dered to pay the farmer £1,000 in com­pen­sa­tion for his lost sheep, as well as a £40 fine and £60 costs.

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